Jan Hassard and Strips Galore

31 Jul

In July Jan Hassard, who has been a quilter and embroiderer for many years and is a member of both the Quilters’ and Embroiderers’ Guilds, came to teach a workshop for some of the group. We had a fascinating day and were taught an interesting technique using strata strips to make colourful blocks with a variety of designs.  We had a wonderful time with some fabulous results!

Jan returned the following day to our AGM, to bring some stunning quilts and to talk about her successful journey through design and colour!

We learnt a tremendous amount and thoroughly enjoyed the two days with Jan!


Kaffe Fassett at the American Museum

29 Jul

On our Summer trip to the American Museum in Bath we were treated to stunning quilts, beautiful gardens and a delicious lunch in a gorgeous setting. What a treat it was! Kaffe Fasset’s return to the museum for the special exhibition 2019 showcases 20 brand new quilts that he has designed, inspired by the museums own collection of antique American quilts. This exhibition is on until October so if you get the chance to go it is not to be missed. I enjoyed the whole thing so much that I went round twice! The redeveloped gardens are just a pleasure to stroll around and the views over the Limpley Stoke Valley are breathtaking. https://americanmuseum.org/

The floor in this area had been painted with tumbling blocks!

The gardens are spectacular!http://americanmuseum.org/whats-on/new-american-garden/

A Riot of Colour!

21 May

I was unable to attend Katherine Guerrier’s talk this month and how I wish I could have been there. Looking back through the photographs taken by Keris the colours are stunning. It just shows that we can put anything together to make a vibrant quilt and these days we have so many fabrics to chose from. Katherine’s technique of using fabrics left over from other projects and mixing the patterns and colours is a great success and an inspiration!

Katherine reuses leftover blocks on the back, made in excess for other quilts on some of her quilts. What a good idea! I’m off to put some bright colours together and make a quilt!

Ystradowen Opens New Hall Annex!

29 Apr

It was a very stormy start to the day on Saturday. Would anyone come to the new Annex opening? Cakes, scones and cookies, would they all go to the birds? Well the wind died down a little, a watery sun came out and by mid afternoon…..the people arrived!

Community Councillor Ann Jarvis admiring the work of Glamorgan Quilters and the Goldwork Group who both hire the village hall.

Julie Taylor from the Goldwork group came with some gorgeous work to display!

A huge thank you to everyone who gave me items to display. It was much admired and I had a lot of enquiries about Glamorgan Quilters. It all helped to make it a very successful day!

Thread Play and Free Motion Quilting.

17 Apr

Jan Webster shared her knowledge with members today when she gave us a tutorial on machine quilting and a talk about thread play. Jan joined our group in September and was persuaded to step in when our trader was unable to come to the meeting. This is a great way for everyone to get to know Jan and to learn a little something along the way. When it comes to free motion quilting I need all the help I can get!

Jan’s talk about thread was a revelation! There are so many things to know, even down to the needles. How I love threads and who knew we don’t have to spend too much money! If you would like to watch a
Dr Bob tutorial on YouTube go to Thread Play

Then visitor Sue from CLIC, the Craft Group that meets in Colwinston, brought along some of the quilts they have made.
Since last September they have been working on 3 large wall hangings, one
patchwork ,one knitting and crochet and one made of felt . These are going
to be exhibited at the Wonderwool Wales show on the Royal Welsh Showground that takes place on April – 27th and 28th. Sue brought along the wonderful patchwork rainbow hexagons, so you will have to go along to the show to see it, and all the other delights at the show.

Rainbow Hexagons.

Travelling, Teaching and Talking!

11 Mar

The group travelled to Bonvilston Reading rooms for the March meeting.

Joan Weston travelled from Pontrhydfendigaid near Devil’s Bridge to give us a delightful inspiring talk! Joan travels all over the country giving talks and doing workshops and we were very pleased she came to our meeting. It was definitely a Wow moment as Joan got out piece after piece of fabulous works of art! She has some great ideas for using fabrics and doing quilting in a different way.


Such an interesting talk with some fabulous work. A warm cosy venue and a wonderful day with like minded people. Who doesn’t enjoy fabric!

February Fabric Fun!

15 Feb

Red House Quilting came from Mumbles to bring their fabric shop to us this month. Members and visitors enjoyed browsing the array of haberdashery and fabrics on offer.

There was also help on offer to choose matching fabrics for some of Vanessa’s blocks!

Show and Tell!

What a talented group we are and such a lot of variety.

Marie’s Block of the Month on the left from Pretty Fabrics and Trims.
Chris and Kath have been busy with their group.
Chris made this amazing bag complete with ironing mat!
Pat had been very busy making bags and iPad cases for a sale of work.
Catherine has been prolific as usual! How does she do it?
Jeannie’s quilt is made with fat quarters.
Salinder user 1930’s fabric on the left and a jelly roll on the right.
Salinder Keris and Corinne were inspired by a visit from Maryke Phillips of Batiks and Beads in April 2016. They spoke to Maryke and she was happy for them to make a wall hanging in her style so after quite a lot of planning, nearly 3 years later, here are the results!
Jane made these wonderful Halloween Quilts.

Anne had worked on the bag kit from Monkey Buttons and then made a quilt using the same block pattern.
Julia is on a mission to use up stash. What a good idea!

Elaine’s stunning Sunflower cushion cover made at a workshop.
And Myra made this very pretty cot Quilt!
And last but not least Marie showed this beautiful tablet case,

Next month we meet in Bonvilston Reading Rooms with speaker Joan Weston of the Ad Hoc Art Company.